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Interior and life in motion

The inside of my Tiny House got a lot more comfortable this summer.  Not bad for a few months of work!

Getting a solar light installed was a great thing!  Hopefully next spring I can get a little more power going for a little fridge, lights and also to plug in my iPad.

My dogs and I were happy there but we stayed only until early fall, because there were other things pressing me – both financially and family wise – in Hamilton.

This is the first house I built… My Tiny House is fantastic but, still lacks a few things… Here is what I don’t have yet.

No main source of power (except the small solar light).

No heat source.

No running water.

No garden.

No indoor toilet facilities.

No exterior board and batten…

but all the same, for 100 days this summer.  I painted, had friends in, worked, pursued The Artist’s Way, wrote and enjoyed my life. I learned that it is surprising what you can do without, really!  My friends Liisa, Lydiah, John and my cousin Vernie helped me with computer use, water and laundry.  Next year I hope to be even more independent.

Yes, 2012 is another year…

For any of you who are interested in actually pursuing this sort of life style, the costs will be looked at in a future entry or entries.

With the above said, I have a disclaimer, I made a fatal error that cost me exactly $2800 extra – this number is one I recall quite readily.

Here is what it looked like in August 2011

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The cloth porch

There was nothing that made my life as comfortable at my Tiny House, as the cloth porch!  I build this from a cheap screen door, 7 left over boards, $20 worth of deeply discounted ugly fabric, a few screws and and two boxes of staples… I think this was money, and time, really well spent!

No black flies, deer flies, horse flies and a semi private place to bathe.  Also it is a pretty big room to have a party in!  Big!  9×12!  It is really a matter of perspective.

Here is what it looked like in July 2011

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A living working project

I had to get into the tiny house on June 15th because my husband would leave for business trips all summer before then.  Because I only drive a motor cycle I was dependant on him for getting me in there!  Also, I did not want to be stuck in the downtown of Hamilton all summer alone while he was doing his thing abroad.  Better to be home, home, home where the people know my name.

My initial days were pretty rough, for me and the dogs.  Though I did have a clean king sized bed, lots of water jugs, a bbq to cook on, and a little outdoor kitchen set up, I did not have an enclosure for the dogs and the deer flies were just wicked!

June 15 2011

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The climb and the crunch!

Due to the fact that the cement phase of this job put me way behind schedule, I basically had to move in and finish the inside as much as I could and move in while the job was still underway.  The building of the stairs was a pain in the caboose!  Leo was not available and this little mathematical wonder was left to me.  The stairs were put in, and I moved in about five minutes after the fact.  So here is what I came up with along with the help of my husband.  Thankfully he is better with numbers than me so the ladder stair is very equally spaced.  Nearly professional… depending on your perspective.

Early June 2011

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The weather proofing stage

The windows and doors, Typar, vapour barrier and insulation.  We put some extra Typar on the roof because the steel roof did not arrive yet.  This was not water proof!  What a mess.  If you have to wait for your roof, buy a tarp!

Early June 2011

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